Getting a meeting started can be tough. Especially if the meeting participants don’t know each other well.
A meeting icebreaker is a great way to loosen everybody up for an open discussion, and the right questions could foster the creativity and productivity needed to come up with great ideas.
Unfortunately, the wrong type of icebreaker exercise for your group could easily fall flat.
Not sure where to start? Let’s take a look at how to set up an icebreaker exercise, and a few questions to get your started:
How To Set Up an Icebreaker Exercise
Leaders should come to the meeting prepared with 2-3 questions that everyone will answer round-robin style. It’s a good idea to have multiple question options so you always have some ready.
Typically, icebreaker activities follow these guidelines:
- Form a circle with the group
- Limit discussion when each participant responds
- Impose a 20-30 second time limit for each participant’s answer
- Start with question 1 and take turns speaking
- Once everyone has answered, start over with remaining questions
Leaders should also give the participants time to formulate their answers after posing the first icebreaker question. A time limit for responding is imposed because you don’t want to give anyone time to overthink. Quick answers are more fun (and typically more accurate).
After leading a couple icebreaker exercises, you’ll know which questions can encourage creativity and productivity among the team.
10 Fun Icebreaker Ideas for Your Meeting
Below are a few questions that can get your team talking:
- What was the last show or movie you saw in a theater?
- What was the last meal you ate at a restaurant?
- What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
- What’s your favorite vacation experience?
- If you could move anywhere in the world, where would it be?
- If you could pick any magical power to have, what would you pick?
- What are you most proud of about yourself?
- Name three things you think will be obsolete twenty years from now
- If you could pick one age to stay for a lifetime, what age would it be and why?
- Would you rather meet your great-great-great grandfather or your great-great-great grandchild?
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